Dr. Susan Kutz - Kutz Research Group

Kutz Research Group Graduate Students

Pratap Kafle Josh Sullivan Ashley Schroeder
Matilde Tomaselli Angeline McIntyre Juliette Di Francesco
Alejandro Aleuy

Pratap Kafle

Pratap is a veterinarian from Nepal. After completing Bachelor in Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 2011, Pratap worked as a field veterinarian in livestock and poultry sector. His work experience includes working as a regional technical manager of a poultry feed company, veterinary officer in a livestock health and research center and a laboratory head of a private poultry clinic. Born in a rural hilly region and raised mostly in southern plain of Nepal, Pratap spent his early days in a close proximity with nature, mostly forests and wildlife, which eventually inspired him to pursue higher studies in veterinary science. Mainly during undergraduate study, he was motivated to continue his education and research in the field of wildlife ecology and management, not only because of his keen interest in the field but also due to the fact that, Nepal being considered one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to bear impacts of climate change, studies focusing climate change impacts in wildlife has been a negligible practice. He joined university of Calgary in May, 2013 as Dr Kutz's student to work on the project related to muskox health and climate change impacts. His PhD project studies the ecology of Host-Parasite interactions in the changing Arctic, focusing in muskox-lungworm system. Pratap likes to explore, travel, watch sports and play country music in his guitars.
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Matilde Tomaselli

Matilde is a veterinarian from Italy. During her academic career she developed a great interest in wildlife disease ecology and wildlife conservation medicine, attending specific courses both at the University of Milan, where she graduated in 2009, and both at the University of Las Palmas (Spain) as an exchange student. After the DVM degree she carryed over a professional development both in marine and land wildlife. Her first work experience was at the Oceanografic Park of Valencia (Spain),then she collaborated with the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center of Linosa island (Italy). Here experiences let her understood that wildlife conservation medicine and research are the most interesting field for her. Matilde a Masters student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UofC, supervised by Dr. Sylvia Chekley and co-supervised by Dr. Susan Kutz. Matilde's project is about Muskox disease Ecology, Epidemiology and Public Health.
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Juliette Di Francesco

Juliette is a veterinarian from France. She graduated as a DVM at the Veterinary School of Alfort in France. During her Veterinary curriculum, she carried out several internships in South-East Asia and studied the emergence of zoonotic diseases transmitted by pigs in Asia. She then completed an MSc in Epidemiology and Public Health at the Pasteur-Cnam School in Paris, France, and conducted her master research project on the comparison of the dynamics of Japanese Encephalitis between rural and peri-urban settings in Cambodia, at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia. She is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, supervised by Dr. Susan Kutz. Juliette's project focuses on Muskox Health and Resilience at an individual and population level.
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Josh Sullivan

Josh is a biologist from Yellowknife, NWT. He spent the past two summers in Yellowknife conducting research on the birds and mammals of Canada's North. He also spent time in Costa Rica volunteering for a sea turtle and rainforest conservation project. Josh completed a BSc. in Biology at the University of Lethbridge and transferred to the University of Calgary to pursue a MSc. under the supervision of Dr. Susan Kutz. The project is titled: Emerging protostrongylid lungworms in the Arctic archipelago: biodiversity of gastropod intermediate hosts and behavioural manipulation by the parasite. In his spare time he loves fishing, birding and, more generally, immersing himself in nature.
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Angeline McIntyre

Angeline is from Ireland. An interest in wildlife conservation led her to a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Animal Behaviour. While working in the fields of primate behaviour and rehabilitation she developed an interest in disease as a conservation risk. She subsequently completed an MSc in Control of Infectious Disease in Animals, and has since been working in the field of molecular epidemiology and population genetics. Most recently Angeline worked on the Monkeybar project, which aims to investigate the risk factors associated with human contraction of Plasmodium knowlesi, a primate malaria parasite commonly found in Southeast Asia. In Sept 2014 Angeline began her PhD to investigate Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in the Arctic, using molecular techniques she hopes to shed light on the existing diversity of E. rhusiopathiae strains circulating in wildlife, as well as the temporal and spatial spread of the disease through muskox and barren ground caribou populations.
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Ashley Schroeder

Ashley is a veterinarian from the United States. She completed her BSc (Zoology), DVM, and Master of Public Health all at Michigan State University. Ashley is fascinated by infectious disease ecology and interactions between humans, wildlife, and livestock, particularly in the context of low-middle income countries. Ashley began her PhD program at the University of Calgary in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Frank van der Meer and co-supervision of Dr. Susan Kutz. Her research takes place in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania, where she is exploring gastrointestinal parasitism of the Maasai people and their livestock. Ashley hopes to work with the local community to develop interventions for parasitism in both humans and livestock using a One Health paradigm. Ashley enjoys hiking and backcountry camping with her husband and dog, bird watching, travel, and always a cup of tea and a good book.
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Ale is a wildlife veterinarian from Chile with a strong interest in wildlife disease ecology. After his graduation, Ale worked as the head veterinarian in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center from Universidad Austral de Chile. Also, during this period he was involved in several projects related with wildlife diseases and wildlife conservation. Ale obtained his Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis in 2013. For his PhD, Ale aims to contribute to the knowledge of climate change impacts on host-parasite interactions by developing and refining predictive models based on metabolic theory of ecology. He will be using the nematode Marshallagia marshalli as a model to investigate the interaction between local thermal adaptation of parasites and climate change. Also, he is exploring the impact of M. marshalli in fitness indicators in Dall's sheep.
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